New #Vanlife ! The Torsus Terrastorm Is A Tough 4X4 Mini-Bus (News)

This is the Torsus Terrastorm. (Images: Torsus)

We might see the Torsus Terrastorm 4×4 mini-bus come here.

Since we covered the epic Torsus Praetorian, we’ve learned that this company is serious about building a robust off-road transport. Now, there’s this Torsus Terrastorm as a follow-up. In short, this thing is a beast. When we heard about a minibus from Torsus, it got our attention.

The Terrastorm is a smaller bus than the Praetorian. It holds a max of 20 passengers. The Torsus Terrastorm can serve as the basis for an ambulance and a cargo van. No word on an off-road RV or a shell – yet.

Built from the European Volkswagen Crafter/MAN TGE, they come as the TT1 Coach and TT2 Nomad. These van-based off-roaders are similar to the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and Ford Transit in terms of size and function.

There are two 2.0-liter, turbodiesel power-plants available. Two transmissions are available. There is a six-speed manual, or an eight-speed automatic transmission available. The base power-plant makes 138 horsepower and 250 lb-ft of torque. The beefier one makes 177 hp and 302 lb-ft of torque.

More directly from Torsus:

“TERRASTORM is a vehicle that will be at home on the dunes of the Sahara to delivering packages and emergency care work in the mountainous regions. The vehicle is versatile in its configurations, it is always able to offer more capability to serve multiple markets and industries.

… and design.

TERRASTORM is designed to be valuable for those wanting a vehicle that can do the heavy lifting at work but is also great for the weekends with the family. Specific body trim is crafted to not only protect the lower panels of the vehicle but create solutions to problems – such as an integrated winch and a custom-built skid plate.”  

The off-road suspension has upgraded MacPherson struts up front, with Bilstein B6 shock absorbers. At the rear, Ironman 4×4 Load Plus leaf springs and (optional) Profender Dakar shock absorbers with remote auxiliary reservoirs extended axle stroke. With the increased ride height, Ironman 4×4 Adjustable Camber bolts are fitted to offer ± 1.75 degrees camber adjustment.

The Torsus Terrastorm has a ground clearance of 290mm (11.4-inches), 20 degree approach and 20 degree departure angles of 26 degrees. It also has a maximum wading depth of up 820mm (32.2-inches).

Beefy, 17-inch wheels have BF Goodrich All Terrain T/A KO2 tires.

Torsus is selling worldwide with an eye on North America in the near future. Prices start at €57,461 (£52,290.95) which comes out to about $67,523, should it come here.

Easily amused by anything with four wheels, Nathan Adlen reviews vehicles from the cheapest to the most prestigious. Wrecking yards, dealer lots, garages, racetracks, professional automotive testing and automotive journalism - Nathan has experienced a wide range of the automotive spectrum. Brought up in the California car culture and educated in theater, childhood education, film, journalism and history, Nathan now lives with his family in Denver, CO. His words, good humor and video are enjoyed worldwide.